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Two Days, One Night (2014)

Deux jours, une nuit (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 21 May 2014 (Belgium)
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Liège, Belgium. Sandra is a factory worker who discovers that her workmates have opted for a EUR1,000 bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only a weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to keep her job.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Cotillard ... Sandra
Fabrizio Rongione ... Manu
Catherine Salée ... Juliette
Baptiste Sornin Baptiste Sornin ... M. Dumont
Pili Groyne Pili Groyne ... Estelle
Simon Caudry Simon Caudry ... Maxime
Lara Persain Lara Persain ... Femme de Willy
Alain Eloy Alain Eloy ... Willy
Myriem Akheddiou Myriem Akheddiou ... Mireille
Fabienne Sciascia Fabienne Sciascia ... Nadine
Anette Niro Anette Niro ... Nanna
Rania Mellouli Rania Mellouli ... Fille Timur
Christelle Delbrouck Christelle Delbrouck ... Barwoman
Timur Magomedgadzhiev Timur Magomedgadzhiev ... Timur
Hassaba Halibi Hassaba Halibi ... Femme de Hicham (as Hassiba Halabi)
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Storyline

Sandra Bya, married with two children, has been off work from her job at Solwal on medical leave for depression. During her absence from work, her boss, M. Dumont, on the suggestion of her immediate supervisor, the shop foreman Jean-Marc, figures that her section of the company can function with sixteen people working full time with a bit of overtime instead of seventeen with no overtime, that seventeenth person being Sandra. Because of the global competition the company faces, Dumont decides the company can only finance the annual bonuses for those sixteen employees, which are EUR1,000 per person, or Sandra's job, leaving the decision to those sixteen. On a Friday near the end of her medical leave, Sandra learns of this situation from her friend and co-worker Juliette after the "show of hands" vote is held, the result a 13-3 decision for the bonuses over Sandra's job. Because Juliette knows Jean-Marc, who is determined to get rid of Sandra, influenced the vote by scare mongering ... Written by Huggo

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

Belgium | France | Italy

Language:

French | Arabic | English

Release Date:

21 May 2014 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Days, One Night See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$122,403 (Belgium), 21 May 2014, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,000, 2 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,436,243

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,016,922
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in chronological order. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sandra: Hello? I was resting. Just a second. I have to get my tart out. I've made a tart for the kids. Yes, why? Tell me why. No. No, Juliette. No.
[hangs off the phone]
Sandra: You mustn't cry.
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Connections

Referenced in Film '72: Episode #44.6 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Gloria
Written by Van Morrison
Performed by Van Morrison
© 1964 Carlin Music Group
avec l'aimable autorisation de EMHA
avec l'aimable autorisation de Exile Productions, Limited
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Solidarity
4 March 2017 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Imagine trying to recover from depression only to discover that your illness was in danger of costing you your job; or worse, that in your absence your boss had asked your colleagues to vote for retaining you, or receiving their annual bonus. Imagine then having to visit those colleagues and beg them not to vote for you to lose your livelihood. This is the grim scenario for the Dardenne brothers' film 'Two Days, One Night', whose strength lies in the fact that nothing is presented in an overly melodramatic fashion: it's a simple, hard story of people doing what they have to do, as best as they are able. In a a way, it's also the film's weakness: in a moment of inner despair, the lead character overdoses, but it's so internalised that the incident is strangely quiet and unremarkable. But overall, the film is a telling exploration of the scope, and limits, of human solidarity; and the ending is a nice mixture of the positive and the realistic.


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